Mr Clarke thinks :
The garden is a peaceful oasis and the living spaces are amazing.
As you open the pretty gate and walk along the path you get a feeling that this home is going to be lovely. Once inside you can’t help but smile - there is space, charm and a sense of calm all of which contribute to making this a unique and wonderful home. The former railway cottage was built in early 1900s and is now a wonderful modern home with space and style.
Downstairs you find two large reception rooms, the first is the formal front sitting room, the second a large living/ dining room leading to the chic kitchen. The oak flooring has been meticulously restored and is a charming nod to the past. The house has also been stylishly redecorated in Farrow and Ball shades and a speaker system installed - perfect for the new home party!
A back door opens out to a beautiful garden with a new decking patio area, a sitting area on raised decking and lawn bordered with flowers, shrubs, and mature trees.
Upstairs there are two large double bedrooms and a big bathroom, which is more like a spa in a boutique hotel than a normal washroom. The former railway cottage is beautifully decorated and has been completely modernised over the last few years. It is a very special home.
Mrs Clarke loves :
the location is great - I can be in Birmingham in 14 minutes!
Let's start the journey through this former railway cottage at the front - well it makes sense to do so. There is a neat and tidy porch where you can dump your coat and take off your shoes before you walk into the sitting room. The sitting room is flooded with light from the large bay window. Draw the curtains and curl up on the sofa with a mug of tea and a book. The front room is large enough for two big sofas to have friends around to catch up.
Through the hall and you come to another reception room - it is set up as a dining room with a couple of armchairs. You could add a log burner if you wanted to make this room even cosier. There are windows looking out to the beautiful back garden.
The kitchen is long and slim and perfectly set up for even the most ambitious home cook. Everything is immaculate and there is lots of storage space. The back door takes you out to the garden and there is an easy connection to the outside where you can enjoy barbecues, an alfresco party or just some fresh air on a Sunday morning. The beautiful cottage garden has three different fruit trees and is packed with wonderful plants.
Upstairs is cleverly organised to provide three big rooms - two double bedrooms with lots of storage and a bigger than expected bathroom with a bathtub and shower.
- Three words : Old. Meets. New.
Our favourite part
Chilling on the chair by the fireplace
Great community, lots of amenities and cracking pubs
Shirley boasts everything you could possibly want for a place to live. You have a places to buy a pint of milk and pubs to buy a pint of beer. There is a butchers, a bakers and probably a candlestick makers!
We love that there is a Sainsburys Local, a butchers, an amazing Chinese, a fantastic Indian & an incredible fish and chip shop all opposite the house.
Shirley train station can whizz you off to Birmingham in 14 minutes and you have access to lots of transport links.
You are nice and close to Solihull where you can be having a flat white in Joe and The Juice followed by – who knows? – a movie or a wander around the high end boutiques of Mell Square or partying in a bar. Solihull has been declared the best place to live in the UK. - Solihull’s motto is urbs in rure (town in the country). It thus marries verdancy and shopping, which is what we all really want - Isn't it?
But if it is a bit of countryside you are after then you'll find peaceful walks around the christmas tree farm, Earlswood lakes or Shirley Park
Handy for the train station
- Closest village/town: Dickens Heath, Solihull and Hollywood
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: Sears Retail Parl and Touchwood are all close.
- Supermarket: You have a Sainsburys Local across the road, plus Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsburys within minutes so you can go where the deals are.
- Pubs: Too many to choose from. You will just have to explore them all
- Walks: Take the dog to Shirley Park for a run.
- Old vibes - cottages were built in early 1900s, Shirley railway opened in 1908. Original staircase, original cast iron and original fixtures to the external property
- New touches - Oak flooring in both reception rooms, newly painted throughout in farrow and ball, inbuilt speaker system in house which plays in kitchen, both reception rooms and bathroom
- Outside - Patio area, decking area with lights, long garden that feels very private, walled on one side hedgerows on the other, back access through walkway that runs behind houses, original cottage lights that run along the outside walls
- Tenure - Freehold
- Services - all mains connected